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Draithy wrote:The second I saw it was spelled with a "Y," I giggled with glee.
As an English major, I just have to say... I don't have any explanation for stanza 1's weird rhyme, either.
Blake really wants it to be near rhyme, but that only sort of works. The [ai] diphthong is not too much of a stretch from [tri], to my mind, but the real issue is that the accent of "symmetry" is on the first syllable, so a "good" rhyme would have to start there.
But that's assuming that a "good" rhyme is what's called for here, and the real genius of the moment is that it doesn't work the way to internal ear tells us it should. Just at the words "fearful symmetry," the symmetry of the rhyme breaks down. It's a beautiful example of form--well, sound--matching content. If Wallace Stevens had done it 150 years later, I would've had to hear about it in five different classes by now.
Also, Byron is remarkably literate and expressive, given that he was only six when this poem was published.
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Let's see, I like fire, I like cats, and I like black shirts (the last two sometimes cause problems). This is certainly an easy choice!
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